Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959
The Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959 (‘the Act’ in short) has been extended to the NCT of Delhi in the year 1960.
Summary Inquiry As per the provisions of the Act, Section 4, ibid, any police officer or other person authorized in this behalf may arrest without warrant any person who is found begging. After arrest, such police officer or other person shall take or send the person so arrested to a Court. Section 5, ibid, provides for summary inquiry of the persons found begging and their detention. The summary inquiry is conducted before the Metropolitan Magistrate appointed under the Act.
Beggars There are 11 Institutions for the beggars in various parts of Delhi, which look after beggars as and when beggars are rounded up and sent to these homes under the Bombay Prevention of begging Act, 1959 as extended to NCT of Delhi. In addition to the regular Beggar court, two Mobile Beggar courts have been started in year 2009. Detention Under section 5(3) of the Act, in case, the Court is not satisfied that the person was found begging, it shall order that such person be released forthwith and under section 5(5) in case if satisfied that the person was found begging, the Court shall order the person formed to be a beggar to be detained in a Certified Institution for a period not less than one year but not more than 3 years. Under Section 6 of the Act, if the previously detained person is found begging, the Court shall detain him for more than 3 years, and for a period of 10 years if the convicted beggar is found begging for the second or subsequent time. Section 6(3), provides that in case of beggar convicted for 2nd or subsequent time, the Court may convert any period of such detention (not exceeding 2 years) into a sentence of imprisonment extended to a like period. Institutional Care to Beggars During the pendency of inquiry or trial, the beggars stay at Reception-cum-Classification Centre (R.C.C.) where lodging and medical facilities are provided. At present the Department is running eleven certified custodial/residential institutions for beggars in Delhi with a total capacity of housing 2180 inmates. At these institutions various facilities are provided for lodging, food, medical care, recreation, health, counseling etc. to wean them away from the habit of begging.
At present, there are 3 Courts notified under the Act i.e. One Court at Sewa Kutir, Kingsway Camp and Two Mobile Courts. 3 Anti begging squad teams have been made , 2 squads attached with 2 Mobile Courts, and one squad with RCC, Kingsway Camp. These squads are regularly conducting raids at various places in the NCT of Delhi and rounding up the beggars who are found begging.
Last Update Date :- 05-08-2020
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